Maple/oak project/desk #3: Dovetails, rebates, and grooviness, oh my...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 06-29-2015 08:13 PM 664 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, maybe today will go a bit better than the last one? Had an Auction to go to Saturday, and refurbbed a couple items I picked up at it. Bench is cleared off, time to do a few dovetails?

When last seen, i had these sawn. I picked up a candle the other day, waxed the saw blade, and made a couple more cuts. Then the chisels took over.

That chisel came from the set I picked up at Aldis. It is about 5/16-3/8” wide. I’m banging through curly Maple with this chisel. So far, so good…

Flipped the board over, and finish chopping the dovetails

But, now I had to transfer these three onto the side panel’s end….I think there is a clamp for this…

Hey, it works. traced things out. Now, I am not the best at sawing to leave the line by hand, so…the bandsaw made those cuts, on the waste side of the lines. Helps to mark which is which…

Got out the chisels again, and chopped the waste away

This is after a little extra work with a chisel to fit all the parts. mallet drove things home. Then repeat all the above for the other end. Only the front corners will get these dovetails…..

Actually, the more one does these things, the better they look…

Ok, got the front where it will connect up, time to work on the back…..BACK? Oh yeah, need to make a back for this thing… Had a plank, a bit wide, and a bit long. Cut it down to about the size i needed. Edges needed a bit of work. A #6c plane to take care of that..

One edge had saw marks to plane off. Next, set up a different sort of plane..

A Wards #78, as the back gets a rebate on the ends.

Once both ends are looking good, then i set up another machine.

1/4” bit, set the depth to about halfway through the boards. Set the fence, and lock it in place with a pair of Visegrips Finger clamps ( like welders use). Ran one through..

Once all the dust was removed from the groove to check it out. Then ran the rest through

I had to watch that I didn’t cut through any of the dovetails. Stopped just in time..

I THINK that will do for today. Trying to decide on dividers on the inside, if any. Maybe a “T” shaped one?

when the Single Brain Cell Sketck-up comes back on-line, and lets me know….then I can get a bit more done.

Stay tuned, we are at the halfway point…I hope.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 06-30-2015 01:08 AM


You do a great job on your work. It really looks like the old time stuff done 100’s of years ago.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 06-30-2015 03:53 AM

Ya sure do get a lot done, in a short time….
Must be the Mountain Dew!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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